Archive for November, 2013

The tiger prowled… …but Thor got away!Photos by Anastasia Karlovich and Paul Truong respectively. Things are certainly heating up in Chennai, India! Former World Champion Garry Kasparov was on hand to watch game three amidst a minor controversy that he was being purposely shunned by the Indian hosts. Kasparov is a FIDE Presidential candidate, but […]

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Charles Lawton at 2009 U.S. Championship.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. National Master Charles Lawton was interviewed on NPR November 8th discussing the vibrant chess scene in St. Louis. Lawton, a St. Louis native, talked about his humble beginnings as a budding player. He also mentioned the facets of chess that make it so attractive to so […]

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Chess Family, By now everyone has heard about powerful typhoon that swept across the Philippines just days ago. Winds reached as high as 300 kilometers per hour (190 mph) and devastated the archipelago leaving 600,000 homes destroyed or damaged. Nicknamed “Haiyun” the typhoon cut through a swath of devastation across islands Samar, Leyte, Cebu and […]

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Carlsen surprised Anand with 1…c6. The media often uses chess as a metaphor for a looming strategic battle. It is considered a symbol for erudition and intellectual guile. Well… today’s game may use the same metaphor to describe the strategic jockeying after the second draw in the World Championship match. While fans and commentators were […]

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Magnus Carlsen meditates before his first classical match begins. The highly-anticipated match has begun in what has been billed by some as the “Match of the Century”. There was a throng of photographers outside of the playing area, a press room packed with journalists and millions of fans around the world watching. The Indian press […]

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Jerry Bibuld in an undated photo.Photo courtesy of Jerry Bibuld (Myspace). Jerry Bibuld, FIDE International Arbiter and longtime chess advocate for the expansion of chess in the African Diaspora has died. Born in the Bronx, New York on June 9th, 1928, the 85-year old had been suffering from the effects of Parkinson’s Disease and succumbed […]

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2013 World Chess ChampionshipChennai, India (November 7th-28th) Player ELO Nation Flag Player ELO Nation Flag Anand 2775 India Carlsen 2870 NOR This is the time that we have waited for. The World Chess Championship will kick off tomorrow in Chennai, India as millions will tune into what will one of the most pivotal match in […]

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Nakamura sits on two career highs… ranking and rating. Photo by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam. As Magnus Carlsen prepares for his World Championship showdown in a few days, he is certainly not worried about his ELO status. However, the rankings are bound to become tighter as he will most likely concede ELO point in this […]

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New in Chess (2013/7)

There has been great anticipation of the World Championship match starting in a few days in Chennai, India. Of course New in Chess will be on the scene covering the action. The new issue laid out a very useful statistical guide showing the head-to-head count between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen. It includes such details […]

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Michael Jordan always sought the toughest competition. Michael Jordan is perhaps one of the world’s most recognized sports names even long after he has retired. He has been viewed as the best competitive basketball player ever to play the game. Of course arguments can be made for Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Larry Bird […]

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